Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

April 24, 2019

The Extension Office will be closed Friday, April 26th for Arbor Day

4-H Speech Contest

The Otoe County 4-H Speech Contest will be held Sunday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fair Center! We look forward to listening to all the speeches and PSA's that the youth have worked hard on!

Fair Books came out last week!

The Fair Book was in your Penny Press Monday, April 15th! If you have a Bennet addres it will not be in your Penny Press, but you can pick one up at the First Nebraska Bank in Bennet, the Extension Office in Syracuse or the Palmyra Library.

2019 4-H Summer Workshops!

Livestock Judging Practice

Livestock Judging Practice begins May 8th! Please call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 if you are interested in joining!

You signed up for 4-H now what?

The Extension Office has Project Manuals for sale that go along with the projects you signed up for. These manuals will help you learn more about your project and the things you can do for that project. The Fair Book also will tell you what things you can bring and enter in the fair under each project. Look at the Fair Book before you start making projects so you can be sure that it can be entered! If you have a Clover Kid, you can get a Clover Kid Manual available at the Extension Office. And as always if you ever have any questions the staff at the Extension Office are here to help you along the way! You can reach us at 402-269-2301 or through email at otoe-county@unl.edu.

Lamb Weigh-In & Tagging

Market Lamb weigh-in will be May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion. We will be tagging and weighing all market lambs for the Otoe County Fair. If you are going to the Nebraska State Fair, DNA samples can be pulled at this time!

Animal ID's-Except Horses, DUE June 15th!

We realize this is a Saturday, but the date stays the same. State 4-H entries are due at 11:59 p.m. on June 15. We will accept county entries on Monday, June 17.

Robotics Kits

If your 4-H'er is interested in learning about robotics they can check out a Lego Mindstrom NXT kit from the Otoe County Extension Office and sign up for robotics as a 4-H project!


Youth will need a laptop computer available for loading the programming software and agree to unload the software at the end of the loan period. Kits will be checked out for four weeks on a first come first served basis. For more information about this 4-H project, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301.

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2019 National 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign!

The Raise Your Hand campaign, held from April 1 through May 15, is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote for their state to win funding and help more kids in their community benefit from 4-H experiences. The three states with the most hands raised will receive $20K, $10K, and $5K. Last year, Nebraska 4-H, with over 14,000 hands raised, received second place. This year, you can help us reach #1! Raise Your Hand and vote for Nebraska 4-H. Voting is easy, and even if you have raised your hand in the past, your vote will still be counted this year! Raise Your Hand now at https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.

Learn more about this year’s campaign, Nebraska 4-H’s promotion, and what you can do to help by visiting https://newsroom.unl.edu/announce/4hstaff/9410/55321.

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Nebraska 4-H Foundation Flood Relief Fund

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at sshepherd3@unl.edu

Have old jeans to get rid of? We want them!

The Nebraska Extension in Otoe County is accepting donations of old, clean jeans for use in 4-H summer workshops. Please deliver to the Extension Office at 620 1st Street in Syracuse. Thank you.

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4-H Summer Camps-Click to check them out!

Don't forget, Otoe County 4-H Foundation will pay for $100 or half which ever is greater! Call the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 for more information!

2019 Animal Dates for Otoe County!

  • May 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • May 10- Horse ID's & District Paper ID's are due to the Extension Office
  • May 18- Market Lamb weigh-in will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the O.K. Pavilion.
  • June 6- Face-to-Face QA at the Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County
  • June 15- Animal ID's DUE: this includes Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves, Bucket Calves, Companion Animal, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine

- All 4-H Exhibitors showing Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep or Swine are required to complete YQCA.

  • July 15- All animal entries for Otoe County Fair are DUE: this includes Beef, Companion Animals, Dogs, Dairy & Meat Goats, Horses, Meat Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine. These entry sheets will also be used to stall livestock at the Otoe County Fair.

"Blue Jeans & Country Dreams" is the 2019 Otoe County Fair Theme

Otoe County Fair July 25-28, 2019

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County


Sarah Purcell, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, spurcell2@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Kelsey Ahrens, Office Manager, kahrens4@unl.edu